Next Scheduled Meeting:

Friday, April 10, 6:30 - 7:45 P.M. / VIA ZOOM / DETAILS TBA

About Our Club

The Manhattan, Kansas Amateur Radio Society (MAARS) was formed on July 7, 1976. The purpose of the club is to advance amateur radio in the Manhattan area. Since the beginning, the club has been active in different aspects of amateur radio, packet radio, satellites, community activities, ARRL Field Day, and amateur radio classes. Also, many club members have been very involved through the years with emergency communications and storm spotting. The club operates under the authority and guidelines of our Constitution.


  • Christmas Party
  • Field Day
  • Picnic/Auction
  • Program
  • Publicity
  • Repeater
  • RFI

    To learn more about a committee or to volunteer, please contact the president.

  • Contacting Us

  • MAARS Facebook Page
  • MAARS Google Group
  • PO BOX 613 Manhattan, KS 66505-0613

  • Echo Link

    from Dave, KDØAZG

    I have made repairs to the radio and PA for the Echo link server. I have made some changes on how to access nodes, should you want to DTMF a Echo link node. You must enter 1*, then your Node number. We were having trouble with other DTMF codes being broadcast on the KLINK that made a connection on our Echo link server. By adding in the 1*, this should help resolve this issue.

    Remember, ECHO link is a no-tone operation, so should you connect with someone calling CQ via ECHO LINK, please disengage your tone. Enjoy.


    Meetings are now in the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., on the usual schedule of second Fridays. Check Upcoming Events below to confirm details for the next meeting.



    Manhattan Weekly Net

  • Tuesdays at 8 P.M.
  • KSØMAN repeater, 147.255+ MHz
  • All amateurs (technician and above) are welcome to check in.
  • Following the net, we have the swap net. You can buy or sell any items found in the shack.
  • On-air negotiating is not permitted during the swap net.

    Nets Around the Area

  • Sunday 9:00 Emporia ARES 146.985
  • Monday 8:00 RACES
  • Tuesday 8:00 Manhattan 147.255
  • Tuesday 8:30 Topeka 145.270
  • Wednesday 7:30 Clay Center 147.165
  • Wednesday 8:00 Salina 147.030
  • Wednesday 9:00 KLINK 444.525
  • Thursday 7:30 Pott/Jackson ARES 146.955 ???
  • Thursday 8:00 Osage County 147.300
  • Thursday 9:00 Emporia Club 146.985
  • Saturday 9:00 NCK ARES 444.525

    President Benteman says, "The Wednesday 8 P.M. net is just for playing on different modes that normally aren't on the repeater. It doesn't have to be a 2m SSB voice net. It's for any mode, any band, just to learn new things, and get people involved and excited about different modes. We can use FLDigi, WSJTX, SSTV, voice, 70cm, 2m, HF, FM, AM, SSB, etc. Whoever would like to take the reins as net control on any given week, just speak up!"

    Days Time Mgr. KHz Net Name
    M, W, F 6:45 AM KØRCJ 3920 Kansas Phone Net
    Daily 7:00 AM WBØBWE 3920 Kansas AM Weather Net
    Sat., Sun. 8:00 AM KØRCJ 3920 Kansas Phone Net
    Mon. - Fri. 12:30 PM KC5MP 7253.5 Central States Traffic Net
    Daily 6:00 PM WBØBWE 3920 Kansas Weather Net
    Daily 6:30 PM KØRCJ 3920 Kansas Sideband Net
    Daily 7:00 PM NBØZ 3547 QKS CW NTS Traffic Net
    Mon. 7:30 PM WDØESF 3547 QKS SS CW Traffic Net
    Daily 10:00 PM NBØZ 3547 QKS CW NTS Traffic Net
    KSARRL.ORG / 11-06-19

    Officers – Nov. 2019

    President Ryan Benteman, ADØTZ
    Vice-President Mike Asbury, W9MPA
    Treasurer Suzanne Asbury, WØMMA
    Secretary Bill Dickinson, WSØI
    Public Information Officer Ashley Benteman, KEØIQV


    Located 1.5 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, the MAARS repeater is at the KSDB site near K-177. The controller is an S-Com 7K. The repeater runs 10 watts output to a commercial antenna at 110 feet. Coverage as far east as Topeka and as far west as Abilene is common. The input frequency is 147.855 MHz, and the output frequency is 147.255 MHz. The repeater callsign is KSØMAN. The repeater is an open repeater, and may be accessed by any properly-licensed amateur.

    Users of the KSØMAN repeater should be familiar with the autopatch procedures and other guidelines.

    Visit the Kansas Amateur Repeater Council page for a comprehensive list of Kansas repeaters. (Click on RPT Directory.)

    As of Jan. 2020, a new feature has been added for the KSØMAN 147.255 repeater. Audio can be monitored via Broadcastify.

    Manhattan Area Repeaters
    CallsignFreq./OffsetOpen/ClosedPL ToneNotes
    147.315 +
    open162.2Ft. Riley / J.C.
    147.255 +
    open88.5autopatch, wx net
    442.000 +
    open88.5offset 447.000, AMS Mode, fusion or analog
    444.525 +
    open162.2Alma to Clay Center & Lawrence (map)
    145.410 –
    444.175 +
    Jan. 31, 2020: From Ryan Benteman, ADØTZ: Repeater Upgrade Announcement

    As most of you know already, the KSØMAN 147.255 repeater was upgraded this afternoon. The two old repeaters were removed, and 125w Motorola Quantars were placed in their spot, along with a new duplexer set. This is still a full analog-only radio on the same frequency, with a tone of 88.5.

    First off, many thanks to everyone who's helped with getting this repeater upgraded, both monetarily and physically. It's been a long process since October, when we started looking into the prospect of upgrading or repairing our Mastr II machine, and I'm pleased that the club now has a matching pair of very high quality repeaters that should last well into the future for us.

    It still has battery backup, utilizing 200ah of UPS-grade backup batteries. The transmit power is 100w when it is under normal AC power, and 50w when under battery backup power.

    The controller is different than what we had before. The repeater gives a CW ID every 10 minutes, and after transmission is a Nasa Quindar tone, with the same squelch tail length that the prior machine had. There are no voice announcements, no intros, just a CW ID and a beep after transmissions.

    So far, initial reports are good, but I look forward to hearing any signal reports or problems you have with it. Our transmit power is the same as before, so I don't expect a coverage change, but it could have slightly better reception on the fringes.

    repeaters in the rack, APRS radio on top, backup batteries to the side
    (click photo to enlarge)

    Upcoming Events 2020


    • Friday, April 10
    • 6:30 - 7:45 P.M.